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Interview with a Sympathizer: Linda


Linda was my very first “Interview with a Sympathizer.” We conducted our interview over a plate of roasted garlic, breads, and oils — and maybe a few pints.

If you’d to be my next “Interview with a Sympathizer,” CLICK HERE to fill out the handy dandy online questionnaire. Have fun with it!

And, thanks to Linda for being my first. You’re like the vamp child I never had!

Rebecca Wilcott: Are you familiar with The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris?

Linda Brennan: I think of them as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels because they’re all told from Sookie’s perspective.

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, I was looking for something to get me over the gap. Two years ago, a friend in British Columbia said she thought I’d like them. Within days, she’d mailed the first few to me. They remind me a bit of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels. Each series is light reading, written in the first person, and showcases a main protagonist who kicks ass. (Stephanie’s a lingerie buyer who becomes a private detective.) To date, I’ve read all of the books except for the most recent in the series and the Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories that appeared between books.

RW: Before you started to watch True Blood, what had you heard about it?

LB: Not much. I had a “Holy crap!” moment, though, when I first started reading the books. In hindsight, I realized I’d seen some of the viral marketing done to promote the show, but had no idea what it was linked to at the time. I think it was a full page ad for “Tru Blood” in Entertainment Weekly. I hadn’t watched Six Feet Under, but had seen and enjoyed American Beauty.

RW: Between the novels and the series, which deviations have you noted? Which do you like, and which do you dislike?

LB: Sookie more tortured in the novels. And, possibly because it’s written from her perspective, she thinks the most ridiculous things. The books feel more like a coming-of-age tale. In the television adaptation, it feels a bit like they’re trying to get Anna Paquin out of Rogue’s [X-Men] shadow. The Jason/Amy storyline isn’t in the book, nor anything about his addiction to V-juice. Other obvious deviations include introducing Tara’s character earlier. She doesn’t appear in the books until book three, Club Dead. And, her character never becomes involved with Sam, or has had a lifelong crush on Jason Stackhouse. Eggs appears in the book, but doesn’t develop nearly into his storyline on the show.

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Interview with a Sympathizer: Carla LaPine (@crazygem85)

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Carla LaPine

Meet Carla LaPine! (@crazygem85)

Becca Wilcott: Are you familiar with The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Novels and Charlaine Harris?

Carla LaPine: I am very familiar with them. They’re a great and fun read!

BW: If yes, which do you refer to them as? The Southern Vampire Mysteries or The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, and why?

CLP: I refer to them as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels. It’s what I’ve mainly heard them called, so it’s kind of stuck with me.

BW: When and how did you first learn about the books?

CLP: I first learned of the books about a month before the show came out.

BW: How many of the books have you read?

CLP: I have read eight of them. They are addicting. Once you start, you cannot stop.

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New Feature: Interview with a Sympathizer

intr.v. sym·pa·thized, sym·pa·thiz·ing, sym·pa·thiz·es
1. To feel or express compassion, as for another’s suffering; commiserate.
2. To share or understand the feelings or ideas of another

3. Me and you, yo.


WELCOME to my new ongoing feature: “Interview with a Sympathizer.” This is where you tell me, and anyone reading, exactly what you think about True Blood. The interview covers everything from your interest in Charlaine Harris‘s novels, to your fave actor on True Blood; from your private viewing rituals, to your personal vamp belief system.

Most interviews will appear in full here, and a number of individual answers will appear in my book Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion (ECW Press, 2010). So, have fun, and be creative! I  mean, just think, you could live forever between the sheets with your beloveds!

Who can participate? Anyone! Fly your freak flag, or reply anon. It’s all good!

Submit your answers to “Interview with a Sympathizer” using this fangtastic online form! Run, don’t walk! >>>>